Make-up for Kathakali

kathakali makeup Kathakali is an ancient art of dance and theatre from Kerala state. This is what you should see there in addition to elephants and backwaters. Well, for some tourists elephants and backwaters are enough to enjoy Kerala, but kathakali is a very interesting performance, especially its interesing to see the process of makeup application which lasts for one hour and anybody is welcome to come, watch and photograph. Glamourous girls, compared to kathakali artists, just powder their cheeks. And taking into account all the colors for makeup have genuinely natural origin (not something with organic product on the packaging box) the efforts of the actors deserve the best praise.

Actors apply their makeup by themselves, though the actor playing the role of a villain is assisted by chottikaran — its a person specially trained in arts and makeup.
kathakali makeup

All the colors used have a natural origin and derived from stones: chayilam (red), manayola (yellow) and neelam (blue). Coconut oil is used to mix the stone powder.
kathakali makeup

kathakali makeup

Its going to be a woman!
kathakali makeup

Though you cannot tell at this stage ))
kathakali makeup

Makeup application is done on the stage in front of the audience.
kathakali makeup

One of the heroes.
kathakali makeup

On the left is chottikaran, on the right Ganesha, just in case you didnt recognize.
kathakali makeup

Chottikaran is preparing a special stuff which he is going to use for adhesing a necessary part to the face of the villain in order to give him a more frightening look.
kathakali makeup

Here everything is ready in the coconut cups.
kathakali makeup

Chottikaran is waiting for the actor who will play a villain to finish with his makeup.
kathakali makeup

Now he has to adhese the external details which will make the jaw bones look wider and more fierce. Before a rice flour was used to make those white things, but now it is replaced with paper.
kathakali makeup

Ultimately, after a long hour of efforts, we have images of the main heroes of the performance. This is the most evil and negative hero.
kathakali makeup

And this is a beauty, who is going to be in trouble because of the evil hero.
kathakali makeup

And its her salvator. He will have a lot of clothes put on him later.
kathakali makeup

By the way, traditionally kathakali performance is done only by men.

Theatre is decorated with mandalas and little feet, and now everything is ready for the performance to start.
kathakali makeup

kathakali makeup

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5 Comments to Make-up for Kathakali

  1. Александра says:

    Поразительно, как макияж (наверное, уместнее сказать — грим) меняет человека! Ну то есть я не кэп, а просто на третьей фотке с конца — такое брезгливое лицо вышло, буээ, а человек, наверное, хороший.
    И, блин, какие они все красавцы!!!

    • amores says:

      У того чувака очень много разных эмоций, и ваще у всех актеров очень много разных эмоций, потому что никаких слов в постановке нет. Про это попозже )

  2. asta says:

    Ohhhh I think I been in the same place, because recognize all the faces of actors and the stage :))))
    Was impressive :))) And thanks for post.
    Your fan :))

    • amores says:

      In Cochin I guess there are just two places to see kathakali and the second one is not very popular it seems. It was a very funny performance for me, but interesting and unusual :)

      Thank you, my fan :) My fan, what about the photos of your life in England/Switzerland? Your call!

  3. lexicus says:

    Я помню как в школе на helloween использовал театральный грим. Но то ли он был уже старый, то ли я его неправильно нанес еле лицо отмыл потом :)

    У меня такого рода предсталвения с Японией ассоциируются обычно. Интересно было посмотреть на индийский вариант. Клево!

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